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    Good bye, Whiskey River! :(

    Closing at the end of business tonight.

    A staple of Main Street for many years...and now I have to find a new dive bar at which to hang my hat.



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    Re: Good bye, Whiskey River! :(

    My first time over there last night. Wish I would have wondered over there a time or two during my 5 years at Iowa State, it is too bad that it is closing.

    Sounds like ownership just got caught in a really bad spot.



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    Re: Good bye, Whiskey River! :(

    I know some will be sad to see it go, but I won't. I got the creeps every time I was in there, and that place seriously has THE rudest bartenders I've seen anywhere in the country. I can't tell you how many times the bartender would look at someone waiting patiently at the bar for their turn (cash in their hand and a smile on their face), would make eye contact with them, then resume talking to their friends and ignoring customers. Good riddance to bad rubbish, I say. Whiskey River was a craphole.


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    Re: Good bye, Whiskey River! :(

    That sucks, did it get declared structurally unsafe or something? That building was in pretty bad shape. Loved that bar.



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    Re: Good bye, Whiskey River! :(

    I didn't see this coming. Guess when I'm back in town I'll have to go slumming at Deanos.


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    Re: Good bye, Whiskey River! :(

    Quote Originally Posted by ornryactor View Post
    I know some will be sad to see it go, but I won't. I got the creeps every time I was in there, and that place seriously has THE rudest bartenders I've seen anywhere in the country. I can't tell you how many times the bartender would look at someone waiting patiently at the bar for their turn (cash in their hand and a smile on their face), would make eye contact with them, then resume talking to their friends and ignoring customers. Good riddance to bad rubbish, I say. Whiskey River was a craphole.
    That's happened to my friends and I before too.



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    Re: Good bye, Whiskey River! :(

    First Tradewinds, now this? What a travesty.

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    Re: Good bye, Whiskey River! :(

    Oh crap...when I read this I thought Willie Nelson died.



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    Re: Good bye, Whiskey River! :(

    Good Riddance. Rude bartenders is absolutely right. Go across the street to Sportsmans Lounge aka Sporty's. They have shuffleboard. Best bar in all of Ames.


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    Re: Good bye, Whiskey River! :(

    anyone know what is going in there? They used to have great bar food before the smoking ban a decade or so ago. It used to be one of the better bars downtown.


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    Re: Good bye, Whiskey River! :(

    Hating on the Whiskey River? Shame on you....It was very much a great place full of clone fans watching games and eating brilliant food.


    Rude bartenders or was it really bad customers?


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    Re: Good bye, Whiskey River! :(

    Quote Originally Posted by ripvdub View Post
    anyone know what is going in there? They used to have great bar food before the smoking ban a decade or so ago. It used to be one of the better bars downtown.
    From what I heard the owners of the building are raising the rent to much, basically forcing the bar out.

    Sorry for those that had a bad time it was a good place to hang out.

    My suggestion always try to get to know your bartenders no matter where you go and be somewhat of a regular at a place and you should see better treatment. AND TIP WELL. Bartenders always remember who tip well. Just the way it is with ANY bar. If you tip well no matter what the service is like on the first drink you will get better service the rest of the night. Like it or not just the way it is.

    You can hear the same complaint about service at any bar in town.



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    Re: Good bye, Whiskey River! :(

    Good riddance. I went to that place once and I got kicked out because somebody picked a fight with me.


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    Re: Good bye, Whiskey River! :(

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarbox View Post
    Rude bartenders or was it really bad customers?
    Quote Originally Posted by trueclone2 View Post
    be somewhat of a regular at a place and you should see better treatment.
    I'm a good customer everywhere I go. I worked at a gas station to pay for my college so I know what it's like to have bad customers, it makes you respect other people with not so glamorous jobs.

    And I'm not going to keep going to bars and become a regular to get better service. If a beer is $3, you can expect me to leave a $1. If I get 6 beers a night, I usually tip 5 of those times.
    Do you go to restaurants that have bad service continually to hope to get better service after becoming a "regular".

    Whiskey River was a lot like Sips when I was in college. If you didn't know the bartenders, be prepared to wait.



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